Poetry Month Day 4: Aviary


I hated and loved the tropical aviary in our local zoo when I was a kid. There was something both terrifying and enticing about the chaos.


that is what happens
to my nose
as soon as I enter
the room at the end
of the old zoo building

A hundred birds
and dirty water
stagnant in a shallow pool
infuse the air
with a strange combination
of offensive vapors

And the noise
peeps and tweets
and crowing
and conversations
bounce of of brick
unhindered by the trees

All for the chance
you can see bright feathers
flitting from branch to branch
colorful ballerinas
to bashful
for an audience


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